Dr Nicole Roades was chosen to replace Dr Kevin Boys as president of Southern State Community College in July 2022.
Roades, currently SSCC’s vice president of academic affairs, was appointed by the Southern State Board of Directors at its regular meeting on Wednesday. She will take up her post on July 1.
Roades has been in her role since 2016 and has a long history with the college dating back to 1998, when she joined the college as an enrollment coordinator after her stint as a student and graduate.
âThe Board of Trustees is thrilled to have the opportunity to have Dr. Roades lead the College into the future,â said Board Chair Brian Prickett. âHaving the opportunity to hire a high quality person who has gone from student to university president is really what Southern State Community College is all about.
âWe would also like to thank Dr. Boys for his leadership during his tenure and for his timely advice on his intention to retire. His vision and leadership have allowed the college to grow in a way that no measure can measure. The appointment of his successor now provides the time necessary to identify a new Vice President of Academic Affairs and ensure the transition of Dr Roades to his new responsibilities.
Roades said she was “beyond the honor of accepting this new leadership role.”
âThe encouragement and support I have received from my colleagues, family and friends has been extremely generous and highlighted a great responsibility that has led me to take on this role,â he said. she declared. âThe Southern State has been an integral part of my existence, now representing more than half of my life devoted to our great mission. I knew when I was 16 that I wanted to be a part of the work we do at Southern State. “
âIt’s surreal to think that I came in as a student, worked hard in various support and leadership roles, pursued higher education and professional development, and now have the great opportunity to be the leader of this college. I am blessed to be a part of such important work. I am grateful for the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me to lead this great institution and I will not disappoint. “
Dr Roades succeeds outgoing President Dr Kevin S. Boys, who joined the college in 2010 after a long career in K-12 public education serving Sycamore and Loveland City Schools. The boys intended to retire last summer, but agreed to serve an extra year to see the college go through what was hoped to be the worst of the COVID pandemic.
âI couldn’t be more grateful to this board for recognizing the talent and leadership evident from within,â Boys said following the board’s action. âDr. Roades has been a highly regarded part of my administration and administrations before me. She brought quality to everything she touched and has a passion for Southern State that is simply unmatched. no doubt she will get into running as she tackles the challenges we face and energetically leading the college as it approaches its 50th anniversary. â
Roades thanked various college leaders for their contribution to its development and success.
âI have had the honor and privilege of working alongside several exceptional leaders, Dr. Larry Dukes, my first president and the person who offered me my first professional role in college, Dr. Sherry Stout, my friend. and lifelong mentor and second president. , and finally, Dr Kevin Boys, a friend and leader, âsaid Roades. âI value the lessons learned from each of them and, more importantly, I thank them for always recognizing in me more than what I was sometimes able to see in myself. Now is the time for me to thank them for these investments and move on to the next.
A alumnus of Southern State Community College, Roades received a BA in Organizational Studies from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD. in Leadership and Change from the University of Antioch.
In 1998, she began her career at Southern State, joining the college as an enrollment coordinator. She has progressed through leadership roles in student services, communications, assessment and planning, and advancement. Among his most notable accomplishments, Roades was instrumental in rebranding the college in 2012, raising funds, and playing a pivotal role in the college’s accreditation processes for nearly 20 years.
âHaving been a part of the institution for most of my professional career, I have the advantages and challenges of institutional history, but more importantly I have an understanding and passion for the vision of the college. Said Roades. âI look forward to leveraging my experience, skills, abilities and leadership to pursue this vision. In addition, I am pleased and honored to work alongside exceptional Board members who support our mission, an experienced management team, and the many engaged, talented and exceptional faculty and staff who choose to share their talents here. Most importantly, I am honored and privileged to serve the students of the South Ohio area.
âWe have a huge responsibility ahead of us. Registration is difficult and the pandemic is still looming. It is imperative that we have a positive impact on the value proposition associated with higher education. We must contribute to the development of a competitive workforce that advances our local economy. In addition, we must convince students and the community of our relevance and build a reputation based on results as an institution. As I said when accepting the position of Vice-President, my commitment is unwavering. I will relentlessly pursue quality initiatives and partnerships that reflect our mission and vision. “
Dr Roades and her husband, Brad, reside in Hillsboro with their two children, Jack and Katy Jo.